.72 caliber. 41.25" round barrel retained by three flat spring-retained bands. SN: NSN. Bright finish, brass furniture, iron buttplate, beech stock with recessed cheek rest. Single shot smooth bore percussion altered military musket. Lock marked with the remnants of the Prussian Crown over Nisse over the date 1843. Barrel dated 1843 as well with Prussian proof marks. Weak Prussian inspection marks in wood and a weak Prussian unit mark is present on the buttplate tang. Missing both sling swivels. Includes a crude "blacksmith made" button head iron ramrod that appears period and is slightly short of full length. The original spade shaped bayonet catch remains in place under the barrel. Thousands of these obsolete percussion altered Prussian muskets were imported during the early days of the American Civil War and primarily saw use in the Western Theater with troops from Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. As these cumbersome "pumpkin slingers" were replaced with more modern firearms, many were sent to Minnesota where they saw use subduing the Sioux uprising in 1862-1863.
Good. Metal moderately oxidized with a dark brown patina and scattered pitting that is more moderate at the breech. Mechanically functional, fair bore is dark, dirty and pitted. Stock with scattered bumps, dings and mars.
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